§ Mr. Douglas
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a further statement on the level of coal burned from pits in the Scottish coalfield in South of Scotland Electricity Board power stations.
§ Mr. Lang
I am advised by the South of Scotland Electricity Board that coal burn in the fiscal year 1987–88 was about 5.6 million tonnes, all from indigenous sources, both British Coal and private workings. For the fiscal year 1988–89, the board estimates that the total coal burn could be at a similar level, but the quantity and sources will be dependent on a number of factors, including the competitiveness of coal prices and the level of electricity trading.